There are three basic types of Hawaiian cruise itineraries. First, some Hawaiian cruises start or end in Hawaii and connect to California, Ensenada or Vancouver. Other itineraries combine Hawaii cruises with French Polynesia. The third and most popular type of Hawaii cruise sails entirely within the Hawaiian Islands, or begins and ends in Hawaii and includes one foreign port, such as Fanning Island, in the itinerary.
Hawaii cruises that include French Polynesia are one way, longer than a week, and often include Papeete, Bora Bora, and Moorea.
- It is possible to cruise Hawaii year-round.
- Hawaii cruises typically last 7 to 15 nights.
- In some cases you’ll need to fly a long distance to reach your port of departure, so we suggest that you arrive at the port city at least one or two days in advance of your Hawaii cruise. This will give you time to rest and get oriented before boarding the ship. Most lines that cruise Hawaii offer pre-cruise hotel packages.